1794 Tasting Notes
This is a light colored tea and has a light but complex and interesting body. I love this one alone or with a light snack like delicate tea cookies. I would NEVER add milk to this one, but I love it with just a touch of sugar. I guess it makes sense that since this is Taiwan’s only black tea it would behave and taste a bit like an oolong. You can brew this tea at least three times, and it is almost impossible to oversteep it – it just doesn’t get bitter! I read that it should be steeped for 8 minutes on the first steeping, and even after that time was still very light in color. On my second steeping I actually forgot about it and was afraid it was ruined, but it was still delightful! This is one I will not let supplies get low. My youngest child is not a fan of greens or oolongs ( and I am not overfond of oolongs myself) but loves this tea.
This is a very smooth, very round cup of tea. There is a strong honey aroma and taste. A Southern Season carries this tea on their “Daily Teas” list, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t special! This tea is also the March 2010 monthly special along with Lung Ching Dragonwell, so they are both a great bargain right now.
My husband loves the Decaf Orange Pekoe I buy for him when I go out of town – no decent tea stores in our town! – but since I needed an online source I tried this one. Amazingly, he liked it, and unlike Mikey who will eat anything, my hubster is pretty picky. He couldn’t tell the difference between this one and the slightly more expensive one I buy loose. I am relieved to have a source for his night-time tea! It is mild and round as I like my Ceylons to be, no bitterness, didn’t notice any astringency which is a big plus since my family tends to dislike astringent teas, and it goes well with a light snack. I drink it with just a wee bit of sugar, hubby and DD add milk and LOTS of sugar but that is how they drink all their teas!